GiGi's Playhouse hoping to reopen "soon" following 2021 building fire

Photo by: WDAY Staff
Photo by: WDAY Staff

(Fargo, ND) -- North Dakota's only Down Syndrome Achievement Center is hoping they can open their doors soon, as construction plans sail through the summer months.

Fargo's GiGi's Playhouse shared excitement with the ongoing rebuild of their original location, which became unusable due to a fire. Executive Director Heather Lorenzen spoke with WDAY Radio about recent reconstruction progress.

"We are in the final stages of the rebuild, of the build aspect of it," said Lorenzen on WDAY Midday, "There's still a lot to do, purchase program equipment, get set up to execute a fall program schedule which we are really hopeful we are going to do this year."

Lorenzen says the construction is moving very quickly, and is hoping to release a fall schedule on August 1st if the current pace continues. Lorenzen says the fire, which originally devastated the old location, is allowing them to build improvements into the reconstructed center.

"Every small detail when you walk into this building is a learning-life skill, "said Lorenzen, "Im going to use the example - an inclusive restroom. There will be four different kinds of faucets. My friends know they are supposed to wash their hands, but when you go to a community place and everyone has a different kind of faucet, how do you operate it."

You can learn more about Fargo's GiGi's Playhouse by clicking here

Original Air Date: 
Friday, July 15, 2022